Chauncey Hardy dies at the age of 23 years

October 10th, 2011 - 9:37 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Bucharest, Oct 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) American basketball star Chauncey Hardy has died at the age of 23. Police in Romania says they have arrested a man in connection with the death of the player.

Hardy was reportedly attacked at a bar in Romania. The report says Hardy was celebrating the victory of his Romanian club CSS Giurgiu over Dinamo Bucharest on Sunday when the incident happened. Several men allegedly attacked him and beat him to pulp before he was rushed to the hospital.

Hospital officials say he was already in coma when he was rushed in. A surgery was carried on him but officials say he died shortly after the procedure.

Police say they are holding Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia after he turned himself in on Monday. Witnesses told local news outlets that Hardy was attacked because he tried to dance with the girlfriend of Tanasoaia.

Hardy is a former player of Sacred Heart College in the United States. During the 2009/2010 season, Hardy’s average for the school was 12.5 points per game.

Hardy’s former coach, Dave Bike, issued a statement condemning the attack. The statement said that, “This is not just about a basketball player, but the person as well. It transcends what happens on a basketball court. We feel tremendous sadness and loss for Chauncey’s family and those who were close to him.”

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